All kinds of businesses are having to tough it out in this recession, but is it any harder for women-owned businesses to survive?
Business owners say it's hard for everyone, but some women say their gender may give then a slight advantage when it comes to weathering the storm.
"Women are very intuitive," said Schnell Blanton, president of Imperial Beverage Group, a wine distributor. "They're very feeling-oriented. I just think we have an advantage when it comes to kind of thinking outside the box sometimes."
At her wine warehouse in Dallas, Blanton said it's been a struggle to keep her business dreams afloat, especially in this economy.
"I think with the recent news of the recession, people really aren't buying those $20 to $30 bottles of wine," she said. "What they're buying is $10 and $15 wine, so it's affecting our sales and volume in terms of what we're doing this season."
The holiday season would normally be her busiest, but not this year. Blanton has had to adapt -- that means more wine tastings, dinners and other events.
"Women are probably more flexible, and probably a little more creative how they approach things," owner Kay Agnew said.
Agnew, who has been in business for more than 20 years, has weathered a few recessions in her career.
She said there is a lot of support out there for women in business. They can hash through things and collaborate with people who are experiencing similar problems or have more expertise, she said.